“Supas bo xwa”

Yad had an echo this morning at Sheba hospital, the first since his interventional catheterization one and a half weeks ago. His mother was more than a little anxious, as she was hoping this would be his last echo in Israel after three months here.

As usual, Yad was determined┬áto make the echo very hard work for the technicians, and cried for most of the process. It took lots of comforting words from his mom and several rounds of “Baby Shark” to get the exam done.

It was all worth it, though, when the doctor took one look at Yad’s echo and said he can go home. As soon as I told his mother in Kurdish, she let out a huge sigh of relief and said, “Supas bo xwa”– thank God.

Yad will probably need another catheterization and possibly surgery in the future for his pulmonary arteries and valve. For the time being, however, he is doing very well. His doctor assured us that for now, he can live a perfectly normal life with no worries. Over time, his doctors in Kurdistan will monitor his growth and decide when it is time for more intervention.

We’ve loved every minute of our time with Yad and his mother and we’ll miss them, but we’re so happy to send them home to be reunited with his dad.